If you have a gap in your smile, dental implants offer a permanent solution. Implant dentistry is among the areas of specialty of Tim Hung, DDS, and the team at Oasis Family Dentistry in Woodinville, Washington. Learn more about dental implants during a personalized consultation, which can be booked online or over the phone today.
Missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic issue. Each natural tooth is secured directly within the underlying bone tissue. When you chew and bite, the force of those motions stimulates your bone tissue. This keeps the bone healthy and strong.
Losing a tooth means losing that stimulation. The bone beneath a missing tooth can begin to wear away. The tooth/bone connection between adjacent teeth can weaken, leading to a cascade of additional tooth loss.
Missing teeth also change the dynamics of your bite. This can place undue pressure on remaining teeth and allow them to shift out of place.
Dental implants can help.
Dental implants are a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. Because implants are secured within your natural bone tissue, they look and function just like natural teeth. Implants preserve bone health in a way that bridges and dentures cannot.
Individual dental implants consist of a metal post that replaces your tooth’s root and an artificial crown that replaces the visible portion of your tooth. Some implant systems connect these components using a small piece called an abutment.
There are also implant systems that can replace an entire upper or lower span of teeth using just four implanted posts. These implant systems are a great alternative to traditional dentures for many people.
The process begins with a thorough planning stage. Advanced imaging helps your dentist learn more about your teeth and bone structures. Software takes that information and creates a custom-made treatment plan.
On the day of your procedure, you’ll receive an injection of numbing medication to keep you comfortable throughout the visit. Your dentist creates an incision in your gum tissue to access the underlying bone and drills a small pilot hole to guide the implant positioning.
Once the post is secured in place, your gum tissue is closed around the post, and a period of healing begins. Once your bone tissue fuses to the post material, you’ll return to have your custom crown attached to the post. This completes the dental implant process, and you’ll enjoy your new smile immediately.
If you’d like to explore dental implants in more detail, call the office to schedule a one-on-one consultation. Online booking is also available and can be done any time of day or night.